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ERIC Number: EJ792418
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-1
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
Automation System Marketplace 2008: Opportunity out of Turmoil
Breeding, Marshall
Library Journal, v133 n6 p32-38 Apr 2008
This article describes the opportunities out of the 2007 turmoil precipitated by the dramatic shifts that redefined the industry in 2006. The turmoil made companies that avoided major business transitions more attractive and sparked explosive interest in open source alternatives. Some companies held a steady course and benefited from the fallout. The consolidated entities formed by recent acquisitions stand as formidable competitors in their respective market sectors, wielding vast resources to retain--or even strengthen--their industry positions. Sales of new integrated library system (ILS) products dipped 15%, offset by increased procurements of replacement interfaces and tools for managing electronic content and creating digital collections. The overall library automation economy held even with aggregate revenues at $570 million. A majority of companies increased their workforce in 2007. Several factors limited opportunities to sell traditional library automation systems this year. The higher-end market of public and academic libraries has saturated; fewer libraries have legacy systems in immediate need of replacement. Recent migrations from legacy systems have largely run to completion. Many libraries still use Dynix Classic, though most have made procurement decisions. Other libraries considering ILS replacements are holding off, hoping better options will emerge soon, especially on the open source front. Libraries feel a sense of urgency to acquire next-generation interfaces that will allow them to cast aside library catalogs that work more like the web of 1998 than 2008 and gain tools to manage ever-growing collections of electronic content. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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